- Antonio di Natale is one of the finest forwards Italy has ever produced.
- He says that Liverpool were interested in landing him in the 2000s.
- However, the Italian did not want to leave Udinese.
Legendary striker Antonio di Natale has looked back at his career in an interview with Tuttosport and revealed that he turned down an offer from Liverpool.
"I wanted to remain in Udine and had just signed a four-year contract, I’d won the Capocannoniere title, felt important here and simply didn’t want to change everything," he said as cited by Goal.
"Liverpool wanted me at all costs too, they were prepared to do anything to get me to sign for them, but it would’ve made no sense for me to go to England when I’d already turned down Juve."
One of the best forwards of his generation, Di Natale was one of the highest-scoring players in the history of Serie A with a total tally of 209 goals.
A late bloomer, the Naples-born man reached the top of his game relatively late, winning the Serie A best goalscorer award in 2010 and 2011, at the age of 30 and 31, respectively.
2011 or 2012 is perhaps the time when he was approached by Liverpool as that was the time when the Italian was in his prime, attracting interest from European top teams.
However, he decided to remain at a small-town club Udinese, getting them to the Champions League.
At that time, the Reds' attacking department consisted of Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez.